What You Need to Know to Take Some of the Sting out of Completing the FAFSA

Cindy Forbes Cameron, Director of Awareness & Outreach for the U.S. Dept. of Education,  offered some excellent resources this morning for those of you who are winding your way through the FAFSA or gearing up to complete the FAFSA.

 

  • The “FAFSA Updates” section of our counselor web site at www.fsa4counselors.ed.gov/clcf/FAFSAUpdates.html includes links to the FAFSA application, the Worksheet, the PDF FAFSA, the demonstration site (great for your financial aid info sessions!), the EFC formula guide, and more.
  • Completing the FAFSA at www.studentaid.ed.gov/completefafsa includes information about every question on the FAFSA. Here’s where you find those arcane bits of knowledge you’ve been seeking…
  • “Finding Money for College” at http://www.fsa4counselors.ed.gov/clcf/PlanningAFinancialAidNight.html is a PowerPoint presentation that introduces the basic concepts of financial aid. It is particularly useful for you to present to juniors or younger students who don’t need much detail yet.
  • “Finding Money for College” at http://www.fsa4counselors.ed.gov/clcf/PlanningAFinancialAidNight.html is a PowerPoint presentation that introduces the basic concepts of financial aid. It is particularly useful for you to present to juniors or younger students who don’t need much detail yet.
  • “Finding Money for College” at http://www.fsa4counselors.ed.gov/clcf/PlanningAFinancialAidNight.html is a PowerPoint presentation that introduces the basic concepts of financial aid. It is particularly useful for you to present to juniors or younger students who don’t need much detail yet.
  • The Counselors and Mentors Handbook 2011-12 at www.fsa4counselors.ed.gov has updates about financial aid (look for the “NEW” symbols throughout the book) and lots of fact sheets at the back that you can photocopy for distribution to your students. (If you’re at a high school, TRIO or GEAR UP program, or are NCAN-affiliated, you might have received a hard copy of the handbook within the past few weeks. If you didn’t – and if you are at a school or other nonprofit entity – you may order a copy from FSAPubs – see next bullet.
  • The Federal Student Aid Publications Ordering System, or FSAPubs, allows nonprofit entities such as schools and libraries order bulk quantities of our free financial aid publications (to learn about FSAPubs, visit http://www.fsa4counselors.ed.gov/clcf/freepublicationsmailinglist.html ).
  • The Federal Student Aid Information Center at 1-800-4-FED-AID (remember, they can answer your questions as well as your students’)
  • The Federal Student Aid Publications Ordering System, or FSAPubs, allows nonprofit entities such as schools and libraries order bulk quantities of our free financial aid publications (to learn about FSAPubs, visit http://www.fsa4counselors.ed.gov/clcf/freepublicationsmailinglist.html ).
  • The Federal Student Aid Information Center at 1-800-4-FED-AID (remember, they can answer your questions as well as your students’)

And remember: our College Preparation Checklist should be your go-to publication for ANY student or parent, from elementary school right up to and through the FAFSA application process. YES! It has scholarship information. YES! It has FAFSA tips. YES! It has information for adult students. Find the checklist at www.studentaid.ed.gov/collprep or order it from FSAPubs.

For studentswww.studentaid.ed.gov

For counselorswww.fsa4counselors.ed.gov

For everyone: 1-800-4-FED-AID